UKCDR publishes draft briefing paper and evidence review on safeguarding in international development research

10 June, 2019


In October 2018, as major funders of international development research, the SCOR Board members (UK Research & Innovation (UKRI), the Department for International Development (DfID), the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Department for Health & Social Care (DHSC) and the Wellcome Trust) pledged to join efforts to raise safeguarding standards across the sector, working in partnership with the development research community.

The UK Collaborative on Development Research (UKCDR) is supporting this commitment by developing a set of principles and best practice guidance on safeguarding in the specific context of international development research.

UKCDR commissioned a team from the School of Education & Social Work and the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex led by Dr David Orr to conduct an independent evidence review to characterise the nature of specific safeguarding issues and challenges that may arise in the international development research context, identify existing guidance and review its implementation.

Today, UKCDR has published the outputs of this work including a set of draft principles and best practice guidance.


We now invite stakeholders across the international development research community – whatever your level or experience of safeguarding issues – to get involved in consultations that will be held as the next phase of the process and to provide feedback on the proposed principles and guidance. Please email to express your interest.


Further information:



Nicole Huxley

Communications Manager


Phone: 020 7611 2093

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